From the Rav’s Desk: Poured milk into pot of meat

  1. Question: [Monday, 13th Iyar 5781]

I accidentally poured milk from an urn, into a hot pot of meat, thinking it contained water. I understand that I must discard the meat and it is Treif, but what about the milk. Can I still drink the remaining milk that is in the urn?


It depends: If the meat was so hot that it was releasing steam at the time that one poured the milk into it then everything is forbidden including the milk. If however there was no steam being released at that time, then the remaining milk may be consumed even though the meat dish is forbidden, as taste of meat only transfers to the milk that entered the pot, even though it is all connected as one stream. In the words of Halacha this means that Bedieved we do not hold of Nitzuk Chibur.

Sources: See Rama Y.D. 105:3; 92:8; Yad Avraham 105; Darkei Teshuvah 105:100 in name of Yad Yehuda and Yad Avraham See also regarding one who placed a pot on top of spilled milk that only the milk directly under the pot is forbidden: Chavas Daas 91:6; Shivlei David; Tuv Taam Vadaas, Aruch Hashulchan, Yad Efraim, Rav Akiva Eiger, Meishiv Davar, Amudei Eish, brought in Darkei Teshuvah 92:129; Darkei Teshuvah 105:97 in name of Minchas Yitzchak that so rule all Rabbanim. Other opinions: Some Poskim rule one requires 60x versus the entire flow of milk that is connected to the meat pot. [See P”M 95 S.D. 18; Darkei Teshuvah 92:129; 105:97 in name of P”M ibid, Atzei Levona; Shut Radam; Chochmas Adam, Yad Yehuda 92 Katzar 5, Yeshuos Chaim, Divrei Yosef]

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